The Open Justice Initiative has appealed to Boss Mustapha, Government Secretary of the Federation, to investigate the leadership tussle with Association of Local Governments of Niger.
Donald Ayibiowu, OJI’s Executive Director, made the appeal in a petition address to the SGF and handed it to the journalist on Tuesday in Abuja.The petition was titled,‘Complaint Against Alleged Abuse, Deception, and Impersonation with Association of Local Legislature of Nigeria; Request for Inquiries and Appropriate Action’,the group said, “We write to draw your attention to the prevailing constitutional imbroglio on the presidency and leadership of ALGON, and seek your further action to stem the situation.”
As indicated by the group, the appointment of Alabi Kolade as ALGON’s president was a violation of the affiliation’s constitution, especially since he was not a member as revealed after the election.
Kolade’s implied political race, the petition noted, was in opposition to the Supreme Court’s judgment in AG Lagos State Vs. AG Federation (2004) Electronic Law Pavilion.”The election of Alabi Kolade as President of ALGON clearly became an uncouth violation of the sacrosanct provisions of ALGON Constitution, particularly sections 4, 5, 14 and 15,” said the petition.
According to the petition, the section restricted membership and eligibility to vote and be voted into such offices as national president and deputy national president of ALGON to permanent members.
The petition noted that permanent members, according to ALGON’s constitution, consist of chairmen, vice-chairmen, and councillors in the 774 local government councils.
“However, shortly after his election and sequel to public and stakeholders’ scrutiny, members became aware that Kolade is not a chairman of any of the local government councils as stated in the amended 1999 Constitution before he was erroneously appointed as president,” the petition explained.
“We hereby request your inquiry into this matter with a view to setting the records straight and sending the right signal to all relevant government agencies,” said the petition.
OJI said the interest to intervene was to issue the result of the duty’s group commitment to promoting advocacy on justice sector reforms and justice to all.